We happily accepted their offer of an individual tour, and the young man left his female colleague in charge of the info booth, led us through the gate and right up to the 2000-year old walls. His French, Italian-accented though it was, was so clear that we followed it quite easily, and his demeanour was so engaging that we enjoyed a good conversation about the amphitheatre's history. What a great way to reinforce the morning's lesson!
Have you visited ruins that brought you close to the past? Our guide told us that this amphitheatre in Bordeaux is sometimes called the little cousin to the Coliseum. Have you visited the big cousin?
*do please excuse the "quick and dirty" summary of the amphitheatre 's history and of its eventual rescue; I simply don't have the time to research and write more, although I did some cursory reading at a few credible and accessible sources. I like Invisible Bordeaux, for example, and there's always Wikipedia, just to get an overview. Otherwise, there are many decent books on Bordeaux history out there, should you wish to know more.